The Lookout Fellows Program

The Lookout Fellows Program provides funding for summer internships to a select group of high-achieving students in the UNC School of Media and Journalism, removing financial barriers that might otherwise stand in the way of career success. Students are selected in the fall semester through a competitive application process that considers both merit and financial need. Lookout Fellows work with the MJ-school to develop a budget that will completely support their dream internships at leading companies in the United States and around the world.

Eligibility

The Lookout Fellows Program is open to all undergraduate majors admitted to the MJ-school. All applicants must be receiving need-based financial aid that can be verified through the UNC Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply.

Program highlights

Students selected for the fellowship will receive assistance in targeting which companies would best fit their career goals; polishing their resumes; refining cover letters; and identifying alumni who might serve as mentors. The MJ-school will also work with Lookout Fellows to design an all-inclusive budget tailored to the internship and the city in which they will be working. Award amounts will allow Fellows to start their internship experience without any financial worries and able to make the most of the opportunity.

How do I apply?

Students must submit the online application by Nov. 1.

The application must include:

  • A description of your area of interest, career goals and how The Lookout Fellows Program will support the pursuit of your dream summer internship.
  • Locations and companies to which you intend to apply.
  • A projected budget tailored to the internship experience. Award amounts will vary based on individual student needs.
  • Agreement to have financial aid information verified by the UNC Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.

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Questions?

For more information, please contact MJ Career Services Director Jay Eubank at jeubank@email.unc.edu or 162 Carroll Hall.

FAQs

A: This is a new internship award for students in the School of Media and Journalism with a simple goal: Remove ALL financial barriers to selected students finding and working in a high-level summer internship.

The Lookout Fellows Program provides funding for summer internships to a select group of high-achieving students in the MJ-school, removing financial barriers that might otherwise stand in the way of career success. Students are selected in the fall semester through a competitive application process that considers both merit and financial need. Lookout Fellows work with the MJ-school to develop a budget that will completely support their dream internships at leading companies in the U.S. and around the world.

Tell me more: You might have been thinking about how you can possibly intern in New York City or London or Washington, D.C., or San Francisco. And, of course, money is always a consideration – OK, THE consideration. MJ-school students selected to be Lookout Fellows will be coached on how to develop a rock-solid budget and how to identify great internships, network and do well in the interview.

Again, the financial barrier is off the table!

A: The amount awarded will vary, depending on the internship experience. But we want applicants to factor in all potential costs. That can be everything from rent to gas to a subway card to grocery costs. If selected as a Lookout Fellow, you’ll have the right amount of money to make this summer internship pay off for you.
A: Yes! The Lookout Fellows Program is aimed at helping students receiving financial aid to attain an internship they otherwise financially wouldn’t be feasible. All applicants must agree to have financial aid information verified by the UNC Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.
A: To be trite, the sky is the limit. We want you to find the best possible internship that will help ensure a successful start to your career when you graduate from the MJ-school. That could be with the BBC in London or BBDO in New York City or Facebook in Silicon Valley. The MJ-school will coach you intensively on the internship search and will provide help on how to effectively develop a budget.
A: The Lookout Fellows Program is open to all undergraduate majors admitted to the MJ-school. All applicants must be receiving need-based financial aid that can be verified through the UNC Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply.
A: Apply online by Nov. 1. As part of the application, you’ll develop a projected budget (in other words: your best, educated guess) tailored to the internship experience. Finalists will be interviewed by a small selection committee from the MJ-school. Fellows selected will be notified by mid-November to get a jumpstart on their internship search.